File:Camellia sinensis - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-025.jpg|thumb|Tea plant (''Camellia sinensis'') from ''Köhler's Medicinal Plants'', 1897
'''Tea''' is an aromatic beverage
commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the ''Camellia sinensis
'', an evergreen shrub
native to Asia.
[#Martin|Martin, p. 8]
After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world.
There are many different types of tea; some teas, like Darjeeling and Chinese greens, have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent
while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes.
Tea originated in Southwest China|southwestern China
, where it was used as a Medicine|medicinal
It was popularized as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang dynasty
, and tea...